The influence of Sarah Moore Grimke

  • 2017

The influence of Sarah Moore Grimke

Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman on the participants of the american feminist movement prior to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848
Author:
Melinda Heikkinen
Abstract:

For many the origins of the American Women’s Equal Rights movement rest with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and other early American feminists who organized the Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.  While this event represents a milestone in women’s history, this paper explores the idea that the feminist movement was alive and well before the convention.  By comparing and contrasting Sarah Moore Grimke’s Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman with the “Declaration of Sentiments” presented at the Convention, this paper presents how Grimke’s fiery style of writing, complete faith in the revolutionary ideal of pure equality, and deep conviction in a biblical basis for women’s rights, significantly influenced the content of “The Declaration of Sentiments” and the women who took the equal rights movement to the next level.